NTSE 2020 (Stage II exam postponed) Application Form: NTSE Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Reservation – Apply Here

NTSE 2020 Registration | Online Form apply: National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Stage II exam which was scheduled to be conducted on 10th May 2020 has been postponed the new date for the same will be announced later for more details on this you can contact to your state liaison officer. Only such candidates can appear for Stage-II examination who had cleared their Stage I exam. For more details on this read the article given below.

Update: NCERT has postponed the stage II NTSE examination which was scheduled on May 10th, 2020 due to COVID-19. (Check notice below)

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NTSE Applications forms for Stage-I test are made available at state level. Students can procure their NTSE application forms from the concerned Liaison Officer (LO) assigned for the state. Student must submit the NTSE 2020 application form in the LO before the due date to avoid last minute rush. Late applications and unattested applications will be rejected. The stage I exam which is to be conducted at state level was conducted in the month of November 2019 on different dates whereas Stage II exam which was to be conducted on 10th of May 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 at all the examination centers of the country.

In this article, we have shared detailed information on NTSE 2020 registration and application. It includes NTSE 2020 important dates, NTSE application procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, NTSE reservation, quota, NTSE admit card, result, exam center and other related information.

NTSE 2020  

Name of the Scheme National Talent Search Scheme
Article category NTSE Registration Details
Conducting Authority National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Scheme type Scholarship scheme
Exam National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
Stages Two    
Year 2020   
Number of NTSE Scholarships 2000
NTSE Registration process
Mode of NTSE registration Online  
Official website www.ncert.nic.in
Official Notification 2020Download Here
Information Brochure Check Here
NTSE 2020 appliaction form

NTSE 2020 Important Dates

Events Dates
Date of release of NTSE application forms August 2019
Last date of NTSE application Vary state to state
Stage I Examination (State Level)  

A.) In Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands    

B.) Other states except A and C  

C.) Bihar, Jharkhand, NCT of Delhi, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir
2nd November 2019    

3rd November 2019    

17th November 2019
Stage II Examination (National) In all states and Union Territories (UTs)  10th May 2020 (Postponed)

Quota Allotted for States and UTs

States and UTs Quota
Assam 202
Andhra Pradesh 263
Odisha 259
Kerala 220
Himachal Pradesh 51
Haryana 186
Delhi 153
Uttarakhand 79
Madhya Pradesh 530
Meghalaya 50
Jammu & Kashmir 64
Chhattisgarh 195
Karnataka 371
Punjab 183
Chandigarh 20
Maharashtra 774
Uttar Pradesh 1408
Rajasthan 485
Goa 50
Bihar 691
Jharkhand 142
Telangana 216
Tamil Nadu 466
West Bengal 569
Manipur 50
Gujarat 360
Arunachal Pradesh 50
Nagaland 50
Sikkim 50
Mizoram 50
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 20
Tripura 50
Daman & Diu 20
Dadar and Nagar Haveli 20
Puducherry 20
Lakshadweep 20
Total 8387

NTSE Reservation

Have a look at the category-wise reservation applicable at national level i.e. for stage II examination given as under-

Category Reservation %
Schedule Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 27%
Economically Backward Section (EWS) 10%
Children with benchmark disabilities 4%

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Before submitting application for NTSE, candidates must go through the eligibility criteria. Only eligible candidates are required to fill the applications. Interested students can get a brief on NTSE eligibility requirements shared as under-  

For State Level Exam (Stage I)

  • Students studying in class 10th in any recognized school are eligible.
  • States may apply other eligibility conditions as per their rule.
  • Students enrolled under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible provided they should be below the age of 18 years as on 1st July.
  • All the students are advised to fulfill the eligibility requirements specified by the state.

For National Level Exam (Stage II)

  • Students must have qualified stage I exam.
  • Stage II exam is open to all the Indian nationals and also Indian students studying abroad. Indian students studying abroad can read the complete eligibility requirement details given on the official information brochure

For more information on eligibility criteria, candidates should visit NCERT website.

NTSE 2020 Application Form

  • Candidates can avail the application form from the Liaison Officer or they can download it from the official website of concerned state authority/ LO.
  • Students are advised to read the official notification carefully before filling the application form. They must adhere to all the guidelines and instructions provided by NCERT.
  • Only those students should apply who fulfill all the eligibility requirements.
  • NTSE Applicants must be ready with all the documents and information to be filled in the application form.
  • All the details should be entered carefully in the form.
  • NTSE Applications should be duly signed by the principal or head of the school/ institution.

Students must submit applications well on time.

  • One should make sure that the application reaches the Liaison Office before the last date.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.  
  • NTSE Applicants are not required to send the application form to the office of NCERT. They have to send it only to the designated LO.
  • Students can also keep a copy of filled in application with them future references.

NTSE 2020 Application Form Link

States/ UTApplication Form LinkApplication Submission Deadline
MaharashtraClick HereSeptember 3, 2019
Andhra PradeshClick HereSeptember 5, 2019
ChandigarhClick HereSeptember 5, 2019
Himachal PradeshClick HereSeptember 7, 2019
TelanganaClick HereAugust 28, 2019
West BengalClick HereAugust 31, 2019
OdishaClick HereAugust 25, 2019
ChhattisgarhClick HereSeptember 14, 2019

How to fill NTSE Application form?

Students who are interested in submitting applications for NTSE can follow the easy instructions given below to fill the form-

  • Step 1- Firstly, applicants are required to visit the official website of the state body assigned for NTSE/ or LO.
  • Step 2- Click on apply link.
  • Step 3- Fill the required information and register.
  • Step 4- Click on submit button. Download and print the NTSE application form.
  • Step 5- Now, they have to fill required details such as basic information, address, category, etc. in the application form in their own handwriting.  
  • Step 6- Affix a recent passport-sized photograph and signature in the space provided.
  • Step 7- Attest the filled-in NTSE application form by the Principal.
  • Step 8- Make payment of the application fee.
  • Step 9- Once NTSE application fee has been paid, candidates have to post or submit the application form in person at the address of the State Liaison Officer.  

NTSE Registration Fee 2020

  • State government may charge application fee from the applicants. For information on requisite application fee and mode of payment, students are required to contact the concerned Liaison officer of their state. Registration fee may vary state to state.
  • No examination fee is charged by NCERT for stage-II examination.  

NTSE Application links and Liaison Office Addresses

All the applicants are required to send the duly attested application form to the concerned Liaison Offices of the state. The details and addresses of all the Liaison Offices (LOs) of the states are given below-

States/ Union Territories Address of Liaison Officer Official website
Assam Directorate of Secondary Education Assam, Kahilipara Road Kahilipara, Guwahati Pin – 781019 www.madhyamik.assam.gov.in
Andhra Pradesh Office of The Director of Govt. Examinations, D.No.20- 124, Beside SPNRCH High School Opp. Andhra Hospitals, Gollapudi, Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh- 521225 http://bseap.org
Arunachal Pradesh Directorate of Secondary Education Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun, Itanagar-791111, Arunachal Pradesh www.arpedu.in
Odisha TE & S.C.E.R.T. Unit IV, Bhubaneswar-751001, Odisha www.scertodisha.nic.in
Kerala SCERT, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala-695012 www.scert.kerala.gov.in
Himachal Pradesh S.C.E.R.T., RABON, Solan- 173211 (Himachal Pradesh) www.himachalservices.nic.in/scert
Haryana S.C.E.R.T., Sohna Road, Opp. Panchayat Bhawan, Gurgaon- 122001 (Haryana) www.scertharyana.gov.in 
Delhi Science & TV Branch, Old Gargi College Building, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi-110024 http://www.edudel.nic.in/
Uttarakhand Bureau of Psychology SCERT, 2 Lowther Road, Prayagraj -211001 (UP) www.scertuk.gov.in  
Madhya Pradesh RajyaShiksha Kendra, PustakBhawan “B” Wing, Arera Hills, Bhopal-462011 (M.P.) http://www.ssa.mp.gov.in/
Meghalaya Directorate of Educational Research and Training (DERT), Laitmukhrah, Nongrimmaw, Shillong-793011 (Meghalaya) www.megeducation.gov.in
Jammu & Kashmir J K Bose Jammu & Kasmir-190018 www.jkbose.ac.in
Chhattisgarh SCERT, Shankar Nagar BTI Ground, Raipur Chattisgarh-492007 www.scert.cg.gov.in
Karnataka Karnataka Board of Secondary Education 6th Cross Rd, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003 www.kseeb.kar.nic.in 
Punjab SCERT PSEB Complex, Block-E, 6th Floor, Phase-8, Ajitgarh, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Punjab-160062 www.ssapunjab.org
Chandigarh SCERT (UT), Sector 32 Chandigarh www.siechd.nic.in
Maharashtra Maharashtra State Council of Examinations 17-Dr. Ambedkar Road, Pune-411001 (Maharashtra) www.mscepune.in
Uttar Pradesh Bureau of Psychology SCERT, 2 Lowther Road, Prayagraj -211001 (UP) www.examregulatoryauthorityup.in
Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education Ajmer, Rajasthan-305001  http://www.rajeduboard.nic.in/
Goa Directorate of Education State Council of Educational Research and Training Alto-Porvorim, Bardez- 403521 (Goa) www.education.goa.gov.in
Bihar S.C.E.R.T. Mahendru Post Office, Patna-800006 (Bihar)  directorscertbihar@gmail.com
Jharkhand Jharkhand Academic Council Ranchi, Gyandeep Campus, Bargawan Namkum, Ranchi- 834010 www.jac.jharkhand.gov.in   
Telangana Office of Director of Government Examinations Chapel Road, Hyderabad Telangana-500001 http//bse.telangana.gov.in  
Tamil Nadu Directorate of Govt. Examinations, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600006  http://www.dge.tn.gov.in/ta/index.html
West Bengal Directorate of School Education BikasBhawan, 7th Floor, East Block, Salt Lake City, Kolkata- 700091 (West Bengal) www.wbsed.gov.in
Manipur Directorate of Education (Schools), Lamphelpat, Imphal (Manipur)- 795004 www.manipur.gov.in
Gujarat Gujarat State Examination Board, Opp. Government Library, Sector-21, Gandhinagar-382021 www.sebexam.org
Arunachal Pradesh Directorate of Secondary Education Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun, Itanagar-791111, Arunachal Pradesh www.arpedu.in
Nagaland SCERT, Nagaland, Kohima http://scertnagaland.org/default.aspx
Sikkim Human Resource Development Department of Education Govt. of Sikkim, Tashiling Secretariat Gangtok- 737101 (Sikkim) http://sikkimhrdd.org
Mizoram S.C.E.R.T., Chaltlang, Aizawl, Mizoram- 796012 www.scertmizoram@gmail.com
Andaman & Nicobar Islands State Institute of Education Shiksha Sadan, Link Road, Port Blair South Andaman- 744101 www.education.andaman.gov.in
Tripura State Council of Educational Research and Training, Abhoy Nagar, Agartala, Tripura (West)- 799005 http://www.scerttripura.com
Daman & Diu Govt. of High School, Nani Daman- Vaniyawad, Opposite Custom House Daman & Diu- 396210 www.daman.nic.in
Dadar and Nagar Haveli State Liaison Officer, NTS/NMMS Directorate of Education 1st Floor, Building No.5 PWD Campus, Above Animal Husbandry, Silvassa- 396230 UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli http://www.dnh.nic.in/departments/education.aspx
Puducherry Directorate of School Education, Perunthalaivar Kamarajarcent.Edu. Complex, Anna Nagar, Puducherry- 605005 https://schooledn.py.gov.in
Lakshadweep Department of Education, Kavaratti, UT of Lakshadweep- 682555 http://www.schoolspedia.com/website/gov-sr-sec-school-kavaratti-lakshadweep

Candidates are also advised to contact at the LOs in case of any issue related to the application form.   

For detailed information on NTSE state LOs visitCheck Here

NTSE Exam Pattern 2020

As it is clear that NTSE will have two stages on which selection of candidates will be based. Stage-I exams will be conducted at the state level by the concerned authority. State-level exam will consist of two paper viz. Paper I i.e.  Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Paper-II i.e. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Both tests will be conducted on same day.

Have, a look at the exam scheme of NTSE Stage-I exam shared below-  

  • Mode of Exam- Offline (Written exam)
  • No. of Questions- 100 each
  • Type of Questions- Multiple Choice Type Questions
  • No. of papers- Two (MAT and SAT)
  • Total marks- 100 each paper
  • Duration of exam- 120 minutes (each paper)
  • Medium of test- The questions in test will be available to candidates in Asamiya, Hindi, English, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Urdu languages (as applicable).
  • Negative Marking- No negative marking will be there.
Paper Test No. of Questions No. of Marks 
Paper I Mental Ability Test (MAT) 100 100
Paper II Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 100 (Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences) 100

Candidates are required to qualify both the papers separately. The category-wise qualifying marks details are shared as under-

Category Qualifying marks %
General 40%
OBC 40%
SC/ST 32%
PWD 32%

NTSE Syllabus

NCERT has not specified any particular syllabus for the examination. However, the questions in exam are basically asked from the level of class X and IX. Students can prepare from a separate booklet named ‘Learn about the Test’ which contains sample items for MAT and SAT. This booklet is available in printed form and also on the official website of NCERT.

NTSE Exam Centre

Exam centers in each stage will be allotted as per the preferences submitted by students at the time of application. In the 1st stage, exam centers will be allotted in the same state of the candidates and generally there is only one exam center in each State/UT for NTS exam.

Exam center once allotted will not be changed. No request for allotted examination center will be entertained in any of the stage. However, it is possible only in some exceptional cases. 

NTSE Exam Admit Card

Before the conduct of selection test, admit cards are issued to all the candidates who have registered. Only E- admit cards will be issued which they have to download from the official website. Stage I admit card can be downloaded from state authority website and stage II admit cards can be downloaded from NCERT website.

Read about NTSE Result

FAQs

I am an Indian national but studying in Dubai, I am eligible for NTSE scholarship?

Yes, you are eligible and you have to only take stage II exam.

Is there any negative marking in any of the paper/ stage?

No, there is no provision for negative marking in either stage.

Is there any provision for rechecking or revaluation of answer scripts?

No

Is NTSE scholarship available for studies abroad for any course?

No

Is it required to send application to NCERT?

No, there is no need to do so. You only have to submit/send the attested application form to the concerned Liaison Officer within the stipulated date.

Who is a Liaison Officer/Office?

It is a person/body appointed by NCERT in each state and UT for carrying out all the activities of NTSE smoothly. 

What is the last date for submission of application form?

Last date of submission of application is not fixed for states/ UTs. You have to contact the concerned state authority or Liaison Officer of your state/UT for last date and other assistance related to NTSE application.

I am an Indian student studying abroad, how can I submit application for NTSE?

Application forms for such students will be uploaded on NCERT website in the month of October 2019 and that should be submitted latest by 31st December 2019.

What is the NTSE scholarship amount give to scholars?

Scholarships under the National Talent Search Scheme are awarded for different stages of educations-
Class XI-XII
Undergraduates and Post- Graduates
Ph.D. programs 


The rates of scholarships for each education stage varies. Have a look at the rate of scholarship awarded to students at all the three stages-

Higher secondary level (XI-XII)
Rs.1250/- per month
Graduate and postgraduate 
Rs.2000/- per month
Ph.D. Degree (four years)
As per the norms of UGC

About NTSE

National Talent Scholarship examination is a national level scholarship examination organized annually under National Talent Search Scheme. It is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).The main aim behind conducting NTS exam is to search talented students from different parts of India and awarding them with the scholarships. 

Selection of candidates for the award of scholarship is done on the basis of selection exam. This selection exam is conducted in two stages viz.- Stage I and Stage II exam.

Stage I exam is conducted at the state level by the designated authority. NCERT has appointed a Liaison Officer at every state and Union Territory to provide assistance to the students and to carry all tasks related to stage I exam. However, the dates of exam are decided by NCERT.

Apart from this, all the activities from the submission of applications to the declaration of result are carried out the respective state/UT authorities. NCERT has no interference in state-level exam. Stage I result is published on the official website of the State Authorities. Therefore, in case of any query related to stage I students should contact the concerned authority or respective LO.

On the other hand, stage II exam is conducted on national level by NCERT itself. Candidates selected in stage I are invited for stage II exam. A final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in stage I and stage II. This final merit list is hosted on official website of NCERT and finally, scholarships is awarded to the deserving students selected from different parts of the country.

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